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Mario Batali a hungry chef on food stamp challenge
Fox News ^ | 5-15-2012 | edcoil

Posted on 05/15/2012 3:32:27 PM PDT by edcoil

The chef, his wife and their two teenage sons are eating for a week on the equivalent of a food stamp budget in protest of potential cuts pending in Congress to the benefit program used by more than 46 million Americans.

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Maybe he should open his restaurants up to feed the poor. Most of the hard working middle class cannot even afford to eat at his restaurants after a long hard day of working to support these folks on food stamps that don't work at all.
1 posted on 05/15/2012 3:32:35 PM PDT by edcoil
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To: edcoil

The guy would be amazed at what family can be well fed on for a week on food stamps if properly done.


2 posted on 05/15/2012 3:36:03 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: edcoil

The fat ass needs to lose weight, but judging by the number of fat people on food stamps, that’s not going to happen.


3 posted on 05/15/2012 3:37:23 PM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: edcoil

Maybe he knew this article was coming out.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2884120/posts


4 posted on 05/15/2012 3:38:53 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: San Jacinto

Ever notice that?? The biggest fat asses are on food stamps. I can’t afford to eat out and I work for a living. FUMB!


5 posted on 05/15/2012 3:41:02 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: edcoil
Subsisting on food stamps, especially when food is made from scratch, is doable, he said, "as a way to live, but certainly not as a way to thrive. You can always have pasta with tomato, but that's not thriving."

Food stamps don't exist for people to thrive. They exist so people won't starve.

6 posted on 05/15/2012 3:41:45 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: edcoil
It would be better for this guy's health if he ate the food stamps for a few weeks instead of buying more food with them. He looks like a walking coronary.


7 posted on 05/15/2012 3:42:14 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: edcoil

Does that include the huge birthday cakes, steaks and other expensive items I often see food stamp recipients buy at the supermarket?


8 posted on 05/15/2012 3:42:24 PM PDT by matt04
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To: edcoil
Subsisting on food stamps, especially when food is made from scratch, is doable, he said, "as a way to live, but certainly not as a way to thrive. You can always have pasta with tomato, but that's not thriving."

Food stamps don't exist for people to thrive. They exist so people won't starve.

9 posted on 05/15/2012 3:43:42 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: edcoil

Food stamp recipients live large on the taxpayer dime I feed my family of three on less than the $200 per month a single person with no other income receives. The problem is feeding the addictions I have seen people buy food items with their food stamps and ferment it into hooch to have something to drink.


10 posted on 05/15/2012 3:43:48 PM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: goseminoles

I probably eat on less than most food stamp recipients. I shop smart, garden smart, and haven’t been to a restaurant in years.


11 posted on 05/15/2012 3:47:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: edcoil

So, their diet will consist of cheetos, sodas, frozen pizza & steaks?


12 posted on 05/15/2012 3:49:57 PM PDT by rainee
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To: edcoil

During the challenge does he get to drive an Escolade with bling bling rims like most of the food stamp recipient I’ve seen?


13 posted on 05/15/2012 3:51:37 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: edcoil

My daughter and sonIL had to go on food stamps for two months, 2 parents and 2 kids, they got $800 a month.
If he is getting $200 for the four of them he will be eating like a king.


14 posted on 05/15/2012 3:53:29 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Huntress
Food stamps don't exist for people to thrive. They exist so people won't starve.

They exist so democrats can be elected and re-elected.

15 posted on 05/15/2012 3:54:18 PM PDT by Octar
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To: edcoil
Whaaaa, what a big baby. Welcome to the real world. That's not welfare meals, that's regular folk meals he and his snotty wife are having to choke down. Couldn't stand him long before this:

BTW, a few days ago I pulled a beef roast out of the freezer that I'd bought on sale for about $2/lb. The garden provided the sides of fresh peas, mustard greens, spring onions and a nice salad. We dined on leftovers for another couple meals. Then I added some onion and 3 frozen mushrooms (99 cents a carton on sale) to the last bit of roast and it's juices to make hot sandwiches. That was some good eats!

16 posted on 05/15/2012 3:58:38 PM PDT by bgill
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To: edcoil

I hope he puts together an imitation gourmet, stamp book cookbook, many of us budget cookers would like that.

One that uses cheap food, powdered seasonings instead of fresh, substitutes such as bulk bullion instead of homemade, limited ingredients instead of sprigs of, little dashes, and tablespoons, of things that the poor don’t buy.


17 posted on 05/15/2012 3:59:16 PM PDT by ansel12 (When immutable definition of Bible marriage of One Man, One Woman, is in jeopardy, call the Mormon.)
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“Goodbye restaurants, free nibbles on his talk show “The Chew” and all the luxe offerings at Eataly, the high-end New York City market he co-owns. Hello Trader Joe’s, Jack’s Dollar Store, Gristedes and Western Beef, a low-cost supermarket chain.”

I shop at Trader Joes because that is what I can afford and I am not on food stamps. This guy is a big fat out of touch liberal who supports Obama and his ilk I hope he chokes on his lentil chilli.


18 posted on 05/15/2012 4:02:26 PM PDT by funfan
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To: edcoil

“Goodbye restaurants, free nibbles on his talk show “The Chew” and all the luxe offerings at Eataly, the high-end New York City market he co-owns. Hello Trader Joe’s, Jack’s Dollar Store, Gristedes and Western Beef, a low-cost supermarket chain.”

I shop at Trader Joes because that is what I can afford and I am not on food stamps. This guy is a big fat out of touch liberal who supports Obama and his ilk I hope he chokes on his lentil chilli.


19 posted on 05/15/2012 4:02:36 PM PDT by funfan
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To: edcoil

Another feel-good, pat-himself-on-the-back empty leftwing gesture. It accomplishes nothing. Maybe he should just donate the cost of what he eats in one week. It would probably feed a half a dozen families.


20 posted on 05/15/2012 4:08:14 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: bgill

You made me hungry...that sounds absolutely delicious.


21 posted on 05/15/2012 4:09:42 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: edcoil

And I thought he was gay - who knew?


22 posted on 05/15/2012 4:10:53 PM PDT by gramho12
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To: goseminoles

Batali has enough fat packed away in that second chin of his to last him a month.


23 posted on 05/15/2012 4:13:18 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: edcoil

“...$31 per person for the week”

That’s the ‘big lie’ at the heart of the campaign.

They get away with this lie because it is the average benefit- when those reciving partial payments are included.
IE: including people who make plenty of money to buy food and yet still get some food stamps because the program is so generous.

And, of course, because media makes it’s money by selling ads to producers of food stamp products...


24 posted on 05/15/2012 4:15:17 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: edcoil

Does he have a twitter account.....people need to HIT IT...if he does.


25 posted on 05/15/2012 4:20:19 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: edcoil

I heard this pony-tailed moonbat Mario refused to let the waiters at his Manhattan restaurants serve anyone wearing GOP credentials around their necks during the Republican National Convention in NYC in 2004.


26 posted on 05/15/2012 4:21:47 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The TEA Party is my cup of tea.)
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To: scottteng
The problem is feeding the addictions I have seen people buy food items with their food stamps and ferment it into hooch to have something to drink.

Why would they do that when they can sell their benefits for 50 cents on the dollar and buy the real stuff more easily?

27 posted on 05/15/2012 4:25:42 PM PDT by Bob
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To: mongo141
Why doesn't he learn that, and then teach it? He's got the "name" so he could use that to show people how to use inexpensive food items to provide nutritious meals for their families.

Go shop at an actual grocery store, and see what is there, on sale. Go to a Dollar Tree and a Dollar General and a Family Dollar, compare prices, and get what's cheapest. Go to Wal-Mart. Maybe clip a coupon or two. Then take the stuff you buy and figure out how to actually cook it so that it has nutritional value and tastes decent and then pass that along to the people, not just on food stamps, but on a budget.

Accomplish something real for a change.

28 posted on 05/15/2012 4:49:21 PM PDT by susannah59
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To: edcoil

>>Also, the boys are eating school lunch, as those in low-income families do for free.<<

Bet they’re getting free breakfast too. Here in MI, if they get free lunch, they get free breakfast.

So let me get this straight. This dude is getting 31.00 per week, per person. That’s 124.00 per week or nearly 500.00 per month.

I WISH we had 500.00 a month for food. AND my kids are homeschooled so we feed three meals a day.

Tonight we had Bibimbap with tofu and egg, no meat. Anymore, meat is way expensive so we don’t eat a lot of it. With Mario’s skills he can make some fine meals on that much money. He will do what most families on EBT cards won’t, cook.


29 posted on 05/15/2012 4:54:19 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: svcw

Based on the federal government’s estimates of what most families spend on FOOD eaten at home, a family spends about $123/month per person, $310 for a family of 2.5, 500 for a family of 4. Source:
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cesan.nr0.htm
If SNAP gives more per family than this, then there is no excuse for families to not have enough money except wasting it on snacks, convenience food and more expensive food than they should get when others are paying.


30 posted on 05/15/2012 4:56:30 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: edcoil
"Subsisting on food stamps, especially when food is made from scratch, is doable, he said, "as a way to live, but certainly not as a way to thrive. You can always have pasta with tomato, but that's not thriving."

I wonder if his restaurants accept EBT cards.

31 posted on 05/15/2012 4:57:39 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: susannah59
“Why doesn't he learn that, and then teach it? He's got the “name” so he could use that to show people how to use inexpensive food items to provide nutritious meals for their families.

Go shop at an actual grocery store, and see what is there, on sale. Go to a Dollar Tree and a Dollar General and a Family Dollar, compare prices, and get what's cheapest. Go to Wal-Mart. Maybe clip a coupon or two. Then take the stuff you buy and figure out how to actually cook it so that it has nutritional value and tastes decent and then pass that along to the people, not just on food stamps, but on a budget.

Accomplish something real for a change.”

My mother fed 6 of us kids and her husband doing just that, I am in my late 60’s and still doing just that, however my wife still sticks up her nose at plain food sometimes. I do most of the cooking since the lady seems to have an aversion to the kitchen. I think the that fact I have been though a couple of the USN’s survival schools may have something to do with it. ;-)

32 posted on 05/15/2012 5:04:12 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: edcoil

https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/mariobatali

#FoodStampChallengeNYC
#trying
Dinner for 4 a bit high at $9.52

#gonnabehungrythursday! pic.twitter.com/2bw0y5Ta


33 posted on 05/15/2012 5:13:08 PM PDT by kcvl
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I cannot stand this orange shoed oaf.

He is also a BIG Obama supporter.
34 posted on 05/15/2012 5:17:46 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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If you have no income or minimal income, you get $200 per person per month, or $50 per week.

Not $31. This guy is a fraud.

You can easily eat on $800 per month for a family of four if you know how to stretch a dollar.


35 posted on 05/15/2012 5:49:49 PM PDT by risen_feenix
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To: bgill

You cook like I do. Even the tough ends of parsley find a home somewhere. And that pic... Lord how the chefs that brag “I cooked for obama annoy me”


36 posted on 05/15/2012 6:57:09 PM PDT by lovesdogs
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To: Octar

Touche.


37 posted on 05/15/2012 10:05:56 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: edcoil
That's $31 per person for the week..."I'm (expletive deleted) starving," said Batali...

$124 per month per person, and he's "starving"? He must still be thinking truffle oil, lobster tail, saffron, and wine are staples.

38 posted on 05/15/2012 10:37:41 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: ansel12
Re powdered seasonings, I've had very good luck indeed with some spice mixes you make yourself:

Emeril Lagasse's "Bayou Blast"
Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Seafood spice mix

And if you're in a city with ethnic grocery stores (and Batali certainly is), an Indian grocery store is a real find: foil packets of Indian spice mixes or jar of concentrated cooking sauce are a buck or two and are good for a half dozen meals for a family.

39 posted on 05/15/2012 10:49:37 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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